The Newton Boys | 1998

Drama, Adaptation
Over the course of five years (1919-1924) the Newton Boys, a group of brothers, were the most successful bank and train robbers in North America, traveling from Texas to Toronto without ever firing a fatal gunshot ...more

Cast

... Willis Newton

Actor

... Joe Newton

Actor

... Jess Newton

Actor

... Ma Newton

Actor

... Orphan Singer

Actor

... Orphan Singer

Actor

... Orphan Fiddler

Actor

... Waiter

Actor

... Brent Glasscock

Actor

... Slim

Actor

... Farmer Williams

Actor

... Bank Teller

Actor

Company

Austin Film Center

Production Company

Austin Steam Train Association

Production Company

Bad Livers

Production Company

Bastyr University

Production Company

Synopsis

Over the course of five years (1919-1924) the Newton Boys, a group of brothers, were the most successful bank and train robbers in North America, traveling from Texas to Toronto without ever firing a fatal gunshot. Willis Newton is the eldest brother who is determined to improve the fortunes of the family by becoming a "businessman" whose business is bank robbing. With the rationale that all banks are insured--insurance companies being the biggest crooks--the brothers begin their spree. By 1924, they execute the biggest train robbery in American history, stealing $3 million outside of Chicago. All goes smoothly until Joe accidentally shoots his brother Doc. Going against the odds, they decide to take Doc to a doctor. The court trial that follows sees the boys and their partners sentenced to prison.

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